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June 27, 2017



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US Supreme Court Allows Partial Reinstatement of Trump’s Travel Ban

The US Supreme Court has allowed parts of Donald Trump’s travel ban to be reinstated, and will hear full arguments this fall. The ban, which bars citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen “who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity” in the US, could go into effect for 90 days within 72 hours of Monday’s ruling. The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement it will discuss the court's action with the Justice and State departments and implement the ban “professionally, with clear and sufficient public notice, particularly to potentially affected travelers, and in coordination with partners in the travel industry.”

CNN | Related What the Supreme Court’s Travel Ban Ruling Means in Practice – The New Yorker



Southwest’s “Genius” New Family-Friendly IFE

Southwest Airlines has added three animated series from Genius Brands to its wireless in-flight entertainment catalog. As of July, SpacePOP, Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab and Baby Genius will be available for the first time in flight on passengers’ personal devices. “We always aim to provide an exceptional customer experience for our passengers of all ages, and expanding our kids’ entertainment offerings reflects that commitment,” said Tara Bamburg, associate manager of In-Flight Entertainment, Southwest Airlines. “We look forward to bringing Genius Brands’ family-friendly programming to Wi-Fi-equipped flights across the country.”

Inflight Online | Related Data Says Keeping Kids Entertained Improves Experience for 86% of Pax – APEX Media



Alaska Airlines to Host Eclipse-Viewing Party

Astronomy enthusiasts will be able to witness “The Great American Eclipse” on August 21, from 35,000 feet above Earth. Alaska Airlines will operate a special invitation-only charter flight departing from Portland, Oregon, allowing guests to be among the first to view the coast-to-coast total solar eclipse – the first in United States history since 1918. On July 21, Alaska Airlines will launch a contest on social media, giving one winner and a guest the chance to be part of the experience. "Flying high above the Pacific Ocean will not only provide one of the first views, but also one of the best," said Sangita Woerner, Alaska's vice-president of Marketing.

Alaska Airlines | Related Totality! Astronomer’s Reaction to Solar Eclipse Takes In-flight Entertainment to Another Level – APEX Media



TAP Portugal Rolls Back the Clock With First Retrojet Livery

TAP Portugal debuted its first retro aircraft livery today. The Airbus A330, named “Portugal,” features the original “Transport Aéreos Portugueses” typography and colors, which first appeared on a Lockheed Super Constellation aircraft received by the airline in July 1955. The livery is part of a series celebrating the connection between the Portuguese flag carrier, its home country and its people. TAP has 53 new aircraft on order, including 14 A330-900neos and 29 A320neos, which will support its planned international long-haul expansion.

Breaking Travel News | Related Exclusive Photos From TAP Portugal’s Inaugural Lisbon - Toronto Flight – APEX Media



Remove Your Shoes and… Books, Please? TSA Denies Rumor About a New Security Procedure

The US Transportation and Security Administration has denied rumors that it will require travelers to remove books from carry-on baggage during security screening. The TSA said a private airport security company was experimenting with the procedure. “This is the rumor that doesn't want to die … At no time has the removal of books been TSA policy, nor are we considering making it policy,” said a TSA spokesperson. “There are times when a Transportation Security Officer may ask a passenger to declutter their carry-on bag in order to make it easier to screen. We do this because our x-ray machines may have trouble screening overstuffed bags.”

Fast Company | Related TSA Catches Live Lobster At Boston's Logan Airport – NPR



Air Astana Debuts Designer Amenity Kits With a Little “Je Ne Sais Quoi”

Air Astana has introduced new amenity kits from French and Italian designers Christian Lacroix and Furla, respectively. The Christian Lacroix kits are decorated with the brand’s signature butterfly print in bold colors, while the Furla bags feature the brand’s quintessential gold zipper. Both types include new slippers and will be provided to business-class passengers on short- and long-haul flights. Last year, the airline teamed up with Anaik for economy-class amenity kits.

Business Traveller | Related Airlines Invest in Economy Passengers With Better-Than-Basic Amenity Kits – APEX Media



When Data Weighs In: Could Credit Card Info Help Airlines Estimate Passenger Size?

According to a recently disclosed patent application from 2015, MasterCard believes it can provide accurate data on passenger weight to airlines, based on account holders’ purchase history, including clothing and shoe sizes. Currently, most consumer credit card transactions only include basic information, such as merchant name, transaction amount and date. Further information on items purchased, called Level 3 data, is only sent to government and institutional cardholders for their own tracking and reconciliation. With enough purchase data, it might be possible to estimate the weight of each passenger, but several obstacles would remain.

APEX Media | Related Hawaiian Airlines Will Continue to Assign Flight Seats to Redistribute Passenger Weight – Fortune





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Association News

Registration Now Open for APEX EXPO!

APEX EXPO is the passenger experience industry's largest fall tradeshow. Collocated with AIX Long Beach and IFSA Conference and Expo – the three-shows-in-one means access to every major airline in the world, as well as end-to-end passenger experience vendors on the ground, in the air and into the future! Join us in Long Beach 25-28 September. Click here to register.


Call for APEX Awards Judges

Be an APEX Awards judge or nominate a colleague! The APEX Awards recognize specific achievements that were successfully implemented in the past year. Click here to see the requirements for judges and fill out a nomination form. Deadline is 7 July.


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